A Different Birthday Party

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
January 19, 2009 11:36am CST
This past weekend my Grand Daughter had her 7th Birthday party. Her mother not wanting a bunch of cheep toys and useless gifts, which many will never be played with again, talked to her daughter about a different type of party. They had a dog that they got from the Humane Society and had receive a letter from them with a wish list if anyone wanted to give. They took the wish list and turned it into a birthday list for my Grand Daughter which she sent out with her party invitations asking her friends to bring a gift for the shelter and not her. She had all the fun of opening the presents, and her friends were as excited as if the gifts were fro her. Many of the parents spent more money on the gifts than they would have if the present were just for her. One of the side effects of the party was several parents talked about different parties they could have collecting food for the food shelf, or gifts for toys for tots. I would hope this Idea would catch on. Many of the children today have more toys than they know what to do with and this starts them early to think of helping something that is important to them.
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• Canada
19 Jan 09
this is a brilliant idea. i've done the don't bring toys no gift parties but this is even better. thanks for sharing
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
20 Jan 09
From what I saw the fun was in opening and talking about the gifts. It also gets them thinking about more than themselves.
• United States
19 Jan 09
This seems really neat thing to do. I think kids need to learn to help others besides themselfs. I appericate you sharing this here, hopefully someone will take that idea as well and share and help others instead of themselfs. It seems that taking pride in helping others and learning to help others is a great quailty to instill in our kids. I might do something like this myself and see what would come from it. I know there are so many needs in todays world someone else could benefir from a party that I throw and I am known to throw a good party. Thank you again for posting this and happy mylotting to you, have a great day online! :)
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Look at your community and see what groups need your support then adopt one that you feel most comfortable with and support it. When you have a party ask people to bring a donation instead of a gift for you. In the case of my granddaughter the group had a wish list of things people could donate.
@anniepa (27231)
• United States
19 Jan 09
What a wonderful idea and what a sweet and generous little girl your granddaughter is! I also hope the idea catches on. I'm going to to say something to my own grandkids who have birthdays coming up soon. They're also huge animal lovers so the shelter idea would probably go over well with them. Annie
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
20 Jan 09
You might want to talk to them about other charities that could use some help. In just the past few days of talking to people I have had many additional suggestions. The local Sheriffs Dept is looking for Pajamas for children that they have to remove from their homes often with only the clothes on their back. The Police Dept is also collecting stuffed animals to give to children when they are in stressful situations(accident, major traffic stop, or even when parents re arrested for criminal charges with children present). Many churches have mission projects that the children could support. The Idea of giving to the food shelf but rather than give basic food give Birthday Party Supplies, Cake Mixes, Frosting, or gift cards to a local fast food restaurant. Many civic clubs have special projects that could use this type of support. It would be a good time to talk to your grandchildren and talk about community service and help them investigate what groups are out there and let them adopt one of their choice. Maybe it would be a group home, or women's shelter or the local hospital. When I was growing up we had a local radio DJ who visited a friends child in the hospitalover Christmas and was saddened to see some of the children spending Christmas with no presents. He started a penny fund for other children to send in pennys to help buy Christmas presents for the children in the Hospital. Within a five years this program was ble to go from Christmas presents in one hospital to a gift for every child in all seven area hospitals whenever they were admitted. I would like to see our children and grandchildren take up the challagen and adopt a charity to help and support. What has happened is we look to the government to do these things and we lose the personal connection.
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@anniepa (27231)
• United States
25 Jan 09
Thank you for the great suggestions. I'll definitely sit down and have a talk with them. I know they'll especially like the idea of helping out children who are hospitalized. A friend of the family is suffering from leukemia and in fact is in the hospital as I write this to receive a bone marrow transplant donated by his brother. The kids have really become aware of how many children there are with serious illnesses, some of them terminal, and I think getting something started where they can collect donations to give these kids in hospitals things to cheer them up. Also maybe gift cards or donations for the parents and other family members of sick children, maybe something like gas cards to help them with the expense of frequent trips to the hospital or restaurant gift certificates or cards. I'm thinking as I type here so excuse me if I ramble, but I'm also just now thinking of something like donating coats, boots and other warm clothing for children who don't have any. Annie